Friday, July 5, 2024

On Sale Now - Summer Jazz Room 2024








JULY 22 – 26


The 31st season of the summer Jazz Room series features top name performers in all styles of jazz.

Admission: $18 per concert $60 Jazz Pass for all 5 concerts

(Jazz Pass is only available for sale via phone at 973.720.2371 or in person at the Shea Center Box Office.)




The Kelly Green Seems Quartet

JULY 22 • 7:30PM


New York City based pianist, vocalist, composer, and educator Kelly Green brings her heartfelt, luminous, and swinging music to the stage at Shea Center with her Seems Quartet, named after the latest release of her working group of Evan Hyde, Luca Soul Rosenfeld, and Elijah J. Thomas. Green has headlined at prestigious venues worldwide, including The Kennedy Center, Dizzy's Jazz Club NYC, and the DC Jazz Festival. She has released three critically acclaimed albums which include collaborations with Christian McBride, Steve Nelson, and Josh Evans. A graduate of WP’s Master of Music program where she was mentored by jazz greats Harold Mabern and Mulgrew Miller, Kelly is dedicated to exploring concepts of spirituality and mental well-being; she seeks to inspire unity among diverse communities and promote awareness and action for the regeneration of our Mother Earth. This promises to be a moving and joy-filled musical event!





Benny Benack with the

Big Beat Big Band

(and that's a lot of B's!)

JULY 23 • 7:30 PM


The well-known singer and trumpeter Benny Benack III will team up with a wonderful big band, Big Beat. Formidable as both an instrumentalist and singer, Benack is a leading voice in jazz for his generation, headlining clubs and festivals around the world on the heels of his critically acclaimed album Third Time’s the Charm. His global recognition has been bolstered by live-streaming concerts of a weekly residency at Smalls Jazz Club and frequent appearances at fellow young lion Emmet Cohen’s “Emmet’s Place” series. Trombonist, arranger, and band leader Caleb Rumley and singer Allison McKenzie have been making music with the Big Beat Big Band since 2014, and their band has become a regular mainstay of Summer Jazz Room series. Don’t miss this one, it will be a powerhouse event!





Brian Lynch and

Spheres of Influence

JULY 24 • 7:30 PM


The esteemed trumpeter Brian Lynch and his high-powered Latin jazz ensemble Spheres of Influence are sure to light up the stage with their fiery playing. One of the most accomplished jazz trumpeters anywhere, Lynch is a veteran of stints with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the Horace Silver Quintet, Eddie Palmieri, and Phil Woods, and has collaborated with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Charles McPherson, Latin music icons Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs, and pop luminaries such as Prince. He was voted Trumpeter of The Year by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2017, and garnered a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2006. His group, Spheres Of Influence, mixes Black American, Afro-Caribbean, and other musical traditions in original works and arrangements by Lynch. Bring the fire extinguishers for this one!





The Tia Fuller Trio

JULY 25 • 7:30 PM


A force in the musical words of jazz, pop and R&B, Tia Fuller had completed a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance when she was selected to tour with pop star Beyoncé. Fuller became a featured soloist on Beyoncé’s tours and performances across the globe, making many DVDs and recordings with the pop icon. Fuller has gone on to record five full-length projects with her quartet, including her most recent Grammy-nominated album, Diamond Cut. She has performed and recorded with a who’s who of jazz, including Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Ralph Peterson, Rufus Reid, Wycliffe Gordon, T.S. Monk, the late Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, and Geri Allen, among many others. She has received Critic’s Poll awards from the JazzTimes for best alto saxophonist in 2018, and Downbeat for Rising Star. Come and bask in the music of a strong role-model for young jazz musicians, and an exuberant and light-filled spirit!





Wycliffe Gordon and Friends

JULY 26 • 7:30 PM


Wycliffe Gordon is one of the most outstanding trombonists today, and is also a composer, and arranger. He has been in the limelight since 1988 when he joined the Wynton Marsalis Septet and subsequently joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Currently, Gordon tours the world as a soloist and with his own group; in 2018 he represented the US on State Department tour to Sri Lanka where he premiered a piece written for Sri Lanka’s 70th anniversary. He has 21 CDs as a leader, has been named the Jazz Journalist’s Association’s Trombonist of the Year 13 times and Downbeat’s Critic’s Poll six times. Recipient of numerous awards and honors, Gordon has an extensive catalog of original compositions, and his arrangement of the theme music of NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily around the globe. This concert will surely send us off snapping our fingers and dancing our way home!



Shea Center for Performing Arts | 973.720.2371 |


Shea Center Box Office

Summer Hours of Operation

Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

No refunds or exchanges. All sales are final.

All programs are subject to change.


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